What is cubism?
Cubism can be thought about a variety of ways, and like most things, it evolved. Early cubism varies greatly from later cubism. One rather simple way to think about early cubism is this: There is a glass statue, of which the artist throws against the wall. The pieces shatter into squares, and the artist puts the statue back together on a 2-dimensional plane. Of course, the artist does not put it together as it was originally, but uses his/her creative license to recreate the object.
Early cubism emphasized browns. Later cubism evolved into something far less rigid. Gone were the angles and squares. Picasso embraced color and curves.
Both Braque and Picasso are given credit for creating cubism.
I look at cubism as a challenge. I try to piece together the puzzle, and figure out what the artist was thinking by rearranging the pieces.
All of the above paintings can be found at the Centre Pompidou Museum in Paris.